Deborah Lurie is an American composer and music producer. Her work has appeared in films such as Dear John, An Unfinished Life, Safe Haven, 9, she has been a string arranger for rock and pop performers such as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, The All-American Rejects. In 2015, she received the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award to honor her achievements contributing to the diversity of film and television music, she was one of the composers interviewed in Score: A Film Music Documentary. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended membership to her in 2016 for her contributions to motion pictures; the SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Annie Mystic Manor Much Ado About Nothing Fame Bad Santa Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Men in Black 3 The X-Files: I Want to Believe The Curse of El Charro X2 Urban Legends: Final Cut Crazy in Alabama Halloween H20: 20 Years Later The X-Files Dexter's Laboratory The Day Lincoln Was Shot Barney's Great Adventure 2002 Gabriel Mann, Tug of War The Buzzhorn, Disconnected2003 Hoobastank, The Reason Adema, Unstable Cold, Year of the Spider2005 The All-American Rejects, Move Along Vendetta Red, Sisters of the Red Death2006 Daughtry, Daughtry Hoobastank, Every Man for Himself Hoobastank, DVD - Live at La Cigale Papa Roach, The Paramour Sessions Caleb Kane, Go Mad Three Days Grace, One-X Peter Bradley Adams, Gather Up2008 Paul Freeman, You and I The All-American Rejects, When the World Comes Down Third Day, Revelation Theory of a Deadman, Scars & Souvenirs2009 Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment All American Rejects, Soundtrack 90210 Allison Iraheta, Just Like You Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted Daughtry, Leave This Town Creed, Full Circle The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Lonely Road Katy Perry,Thinking of You live on Ellen and MTV Unplugged Halestorm, Halestorm2010 Bon Jovi, "What Do You Got?"
Hawthorne Heights, Skeletons2011 3 Doors Down, Time of My Life Theory of a Deadman, The Truth Is... Kelly Clarkson, Stronger Christina Perri, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack2013 Brandi Carlile, Safe Haven Original Motion Picture Soundtrack2014 Theory of a Deadman, Savages2015 Theory of a Deadman2016 Simple Plan, Taking One for the Team Deborah Lurie on IMDb
Stewart L. Gordon
Stewart Lynell Gordon is an American musician, writer, editor and impresario. Gordon is Professor of Keyboard Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California as well as the music faculty at the Claremont Graduate University; as a student, Stewart Gordon studied with a number of prominent pedagogues and concert artists including Olga Samaroff, Walter Gieseking, Cecile Genhart, Adele Marcus. As a performing pianist, Gordon toured extensively throughout Europe and the Americas. Gordon's commercially issued recordings include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Scriabin, Ellis Kohs, Luis de Frietas-Branco, the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes, although all of these are long out of print and only obtainable secondhand, he is a Steinway Artist, he serves on the board of directors of the Steinway Society of Riverside County. His academic career has included posts at Wilmington College in Ohio, the University of Maryland, where he served as Dean of the Music School, Queens College, City University of New York, where he served as a Provost and a Vice-President in the Academic Affairs department.
Schubert Sonata Op. 143 and Schumann Sonata Op. 11. Washington Records, WR 425, 1965 The Complete Preludes of Rachmaninoff, Vol. I, Op. 23 and Op. 3. Washington Records, WR 426, 1967 The Complete Preludes of Rachmaninoff, Vol. II Op. 32 and 2 early preludes. Washington Records 427, 1966 Schubert German Dances, Washington Records, WR 441, 1968 Stewart Gordon Plays Piano Favorites Beethoven, Debussy, DeFalla. Reformation Records, RR1011, 1968 The Preludes of Freitas-Branco. Gulbankian Foundation, 1971 As a composer Gordon has channeled his efforts into musical theater, his shows have been produced in New York City, Washington, D. C. Savannah and Hawaii, his musical Libby generated renewed national interest in the historic cabaret performer Libby Holman. Earlier in his career he wrote the music for the historic pageant "Spirit of the Navy", a project initiated by the Chief of Naval Operations to celebrate the US Navy's 200th birthday, he is involved with book writer Robert Weller in creating a new musical based on the history of Palm Springs, California.
He founded the William Kapell International Piano Competition and acted as its director for 15 years. In New York City he founded the Great Gospel Competition, he is a past President of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, holds the title of Director of International Outreach. In Savannah, Georgia, he founded the Savannah Onstage Music Festivals, as well as its American Traditions Competition, acted as their artistic director for 14 years, he has served as an adjudicator for many international competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, William Kapell, Rosa Ponselle, Virginia Waring and the finals of the Canadian Music Competitions, Music Teachers National Competitions at the regional and national levels. 1967– 1985 Founder and Director of University of Maryland International Piano Festival and William Kapell International Piano Competition 1986–1988 Established the Cultural Heritage Competitions in New York City, a competitive festival event for pre-college students featuring special categories of literature: European, Latin, East European.
1988–2002 Founder and Director of the Savannah Onstage music festival and the American Traditions Competition Music through midi Dennis Alexander and Dennis Thurmond, 36 teaching pieces in three volumes for digital keyboard programmed to general midi, Alfred Music Publications, Van Nuys, California, 1994 The Well Tempered Keyboard Teacher, Schirmer Books, New York: First edition, 1991, co-authors Marienne Uszler and Elyse Mach. Etudes for Piano Teachers, Reflections on the Teacher’s Art, Oxford University Press, New York. A History of Keyboard Literature for the Piano and its Forerunners], Schirmer Books, New York. Mastering the Art of Performance, Oxford University Press, New York, 2005 University of Southern California Etudes for Piano Teachers: Reflections on the Teacher's Art Personal Webpage
Alphonso Johnson is an American jazz bassist active since the early 1970s. Johnson was a member of the influential jazz fusion group Weather Report from 1973 to 1975, has performed and recorded with numerous high-profile rock and jazz acts including Santana, Phil Collins, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Chet Baker. Born in Philadelphia, Johnson started off as an upright bass player, but switched to the electric bass in his late teens. Beginning his career in the early 1970s, Johnson showed innovation and fluidity on the electric bass, he sessioned with a few jazz musicians before landing a job with Weather Report, taking over for co-founding member Miroslav Vitous. Johnson debuted with Weather Report on the album Mysterious Traveller, he appeared on two more Weather Report albums: Tale Spinnin' and Black Market before he left the band to work with drummer Billy Cobham. During 1976-77 he recorded three solo albums as a band leader, for the Epic label, in a fusion-funk vein. Johnson was one of the first musicians to introduce the Chapman Stick to the public.
In 1977 his knowledge of the instrument offered him a rehearsal with Genesis, who were looking for a replacement for guitarist Steve Hackett. Being more of a bassist than a guitarist, Johnson instead recommended his friend ex-Sweetbottom guitarist and fellow session musician Daryl Stuermer, who would go on to remain a member of Genesis's touring band until the 2007 reunion tour. Johnson was one of two bass players on Phil Collins's first solo album, Face Value, in 1981. In early 1982, Johnson joined the Midnites, he would reunite with Weir in playing bass in place of Phil Lesh on tour with The Other Ones. He has performed fusion versions of Grateful Dead songs alongside Billy Cobham in the band Jazz Is Dead. In 1996, Johnson played bass on tracks Dance on a Volcano and Fountain of Salmacis on Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited album. In 1996, Johnson toured Europe and Japan with composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist James Beard, drummer Rodney Holmes, guitarist David Gilmore. In the fall of 2011 he began working toward a music education degree at the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge.
He has an extensive experience as a bass teacher and has conducted bass seminars and clinics in Germany, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia and Argentina. Johnson serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California and the California Institute of the Arts. Lobue Custom Warwick Alphonso Johnson Custom Shop Bass Guitar Warwick Infinity Modulus Quantum 5 String Fretted and Fretless Bass Washburn AB45 Moonshadows Yesterday's Dreams Spellbound With Abraxas Pool Abraxas Pool With Chet BakerYou Can't Go Home Again With Dee Dee Bridgewater Just Family With George Cables Shared Secrets With Phil Collins Face Value With Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited With Eddie Henderson Sunburst With Santana Beyond Appearances Freedom Spirits Dancing in the Flesh With Weather Report Mysterious Traveller Tale Spinnin' Black Market With Bob Weir Bobby and the Midnites Where the Beat Meets the Street The Alphonso Johnson official website
Morten Johannes Lauridsen is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient, he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout before traveling south to study composition at the University of Southern California with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, Harold Owen, he began teaching at USC in 1967 and has been on their faculty since. In 2006, Lauridsen was named an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide", his works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations, including O Magnum Mysterium by the Tiffany Consort, A Company of Voices by Conspirare, Sound The Bells by The Bay Brass, two all-Lauridsen discs entitled Lux Aeterna by the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Paul Salamunovich, Polyphony with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton.
His principal publishers are Faber Music. A recipient of numerous grants and commissions, Lauridsen chaired the Composition department at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1990–2002 and founded the School's Advanced Studies program in Film Scoring, he has held residencies as guest composer/lecturer at over 100 universities and has received honorary doctorates from Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College, King's College, University of Aberdeen and Whitman College. In 2014 he was invited to be Honorary Artistic President of Interkultur/World Choir Games. In 2016 he was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award. Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his home in the San Juan Archipelago off the northern coast of Washington State, his eight vocal cycles and two collections—Les Chansons des Roses, Mid-Winter Songs, A Winter Come, Madrigali: Six "FireSongs" on Italian Renaissance Poems, Cuatro Canciones, Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts, A Backyard Universe, Five Songs on American Poems and Lux Aeterna—his series of sacred a cappella motets and numerous instrumental works are featured in concert by distinguished artists and ensembles throughout the world.
O Magnum Mysterium, Dirait-on, O Nata Lux and Sure On This Shining Night have become the all-time best-selling choral octavos distributed by Theodore Presser, in business since 1783. His musical approaches are diverse, ranging from direct to abstract in response to various characteristics of the texts he sets, his Latin sacred settings, such as the Lux Aeterna and motets reference Gregorian chant plus Medieval and Renaissance procedures while blending them within a freshly contemporary sound while other works such as the Madrigali and Cuatro Canciones are chromatic or atonal. His music has an overall lyricism and is constructed around melodic and harmonic motifs. Referring to Lauridsen's sacred music, the musicologist and conductor Nick Strimple said he was "the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic, serene work contains an elusive and indefinable ingredient which leaves the impression that all the questions have been answered... From 1993 Lauridsen's music increased in international popularity, by century's end he had eclipsed Randall Thompson as the most performed American choral composer."
Over 200 recordings of works by Morten Lauridsen have been released, including five that have received Grammy nominations. Nine All-Lauridsen CDs: Morten Lauridsen is one of America's most performed composers, with hundreds of performances each year throughout the world in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Vatican, Sydney Opera House and Westminster Abbey. Over one million copies of his scores have been sold and his Dirait-on, O Magnum Mysterium and O Nata Lux have become the all-time best selling octavos distributed by the Theodore Presser Co. in business since 1783. Recordings of Morten Lauridsen's compositions are featured on radio broadcasts throughout the United States, he is a frequent interview guest on radio and television programs, including a recent KCET Life and Times program, the oft-repeated national broadcast of "A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen" on First Art, a nationally broadcast Christmas Day feature on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.
He has been profiled in several extended printed articles, including those in the Los Angeles Times "Calendar", Seattle Times, Choral Journal and Organ, Chorus America's Voice, Fanfare Magazine, the Wall Street Journal. He has received over four hundred commission requests, most from Harvard University, the American Choral Director's Association and the Pacific Chorale, is a frequent guest lecturer and Artist/Composer-in-Residence, his principal publishers are Peer's affiliate, Faber Music. In addition to these positions, Lauridsen has served as Artistic Advisor on the Boards of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Dale Warland Singers, I
Midori Goto who performs under the mononym Midori, is a Japanese-born American violinist. She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist at the New Year's Eve Gala in 1982. In 1986 her performance at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Leonard Bernstein conducting his own composition made the front-page headlines in The New York Times. Midori became a celebrated child prodigy, one of the world's preeminent violinists as an adult. Midori has been honored for her community engagement endeavors; when she was 21, she established her foundation Midori and Friends to bring music education to young people in underserved communities in New York City and Japan, which has evolved into four distinct organizations with worldwide impact. In 2007, Midori was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace. In 2018 she will be joining the violin faculty at the Curtis Institute after 14 years at USC Thornton School of Music, where she is a distinguished professor, chair of the Strings Department and holder of the Jascha Heifetz Chair.
She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Midori was born Midori Goto in Osaka, Japan on October 25, 1971, she dropped her father's surname from her stage name after her parent's divorce in 1983 performing under the name Mi Dori deciding on the single word Midori. Her father was a successful engineer and her mother, Setsu Gotō, was a professional violinist. Setsu took young Midori to her orchestra rehearsals where the toddler slept in the front row of the auditorium while her mother rehearsed. One day Setsu heard a two-year-old Midori humming a Bach concerto, rehearsed two days earlier. Subsequently, Midori tried to touch her mother's violin climbing onto the bench of the family piano to try to reach the violin on top of the piano. On Midori's third birthday, Setsu began giving her lessons. Midori gave her first public performance at the age of six, playing one of the 24 Caprices of Paganini in her native Osaka. In 1982 she and her mother moved to New York City, where Midori started violin studies with Dorothy DeLay at Pre-College Division of Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
As her audition piece, Midori performed Bach's thirteen-minute-long Chaconne considered one of the most difficult solo violin pieces. In the same year, she made her concert debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, a conductor with whom she would record on the Sony Classical label. In 1986 came her legendary performance of Leonard Bernstein's Serenade at Tanglewood, conducted by Bernstein. During the performance, she broke the E string on her violin again on the concertmaster's Stradivarius after she borrowed it, she finished the performance with the associate concertmaster's Guadagnini and received a standing ovation. The next day The New York Times front page carried the headline, "Girl, 14, Conquers Tanglewood with 3 Violins"; when Midori was 15, she left Juilliard Pre-College in 1987 after four years and became a full-time professional violinist. In October 1989, she celebrated her 18th birthday with her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut, playing Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2.
She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1990 four days before her 19th birthday. Both performances were critically acclaimed. In 1990, she graduated from the Professional Children's School which she attended for academic subjects. In 1992, she formed Midori and Friends, a non-profit organization that aims to bring music education to children in New York City and in Japan after learning of severe cutbacks to music education in U. S. schools. Her organization Music Sharing began as the Tokyo branch-office of Midori and Friends and was certified as an independent organization in 2002. Music Sharing focuses on education about Western classical music and traditional Japanese music for young people, including instrument instruction for the disabled, its International Community Engagement Program is a training program for internationally chosen aspiring musicians that promotes cultural exchange and community engagement. In 2000, Midori graduated magna cum laude from the Gallatin School at New York University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Gender Studies, completing the degree in five years while continuing to perform in concerts.
She earned a master's degree in psychology from NYU in 2005. Her master's thesis was about pain research. In 2001, Midori had returned to the stage and took a teaching position at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2001, with the money Midori received from winning the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, she established the Partners in Performance program focusing on classical music organizations in smaller communities. In 2004, Midori launched the Orchestra Residencies program in the U. S. for youth orchestras, expanded to include collaborations with orchestras outside the U. S. in 2010. In 2004, Midori was named a professor at University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music where she is holder of the Jascha Heifetz Chair, her memoir Einfach Midori was published in Germany in 2004. She became a full-time resident of Los Angeles in 2006 after a period of bicoastal commuting and was promoted to the chair of the Strings Department in 2007. In 2012 she was named distinguished professor at USC, elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Yale University.
Midori was Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at Oxford University 2013–2014. Midori will join the violin faculty of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute in the 2018–2019 academic year while remaining on the University of Southern California Thornt
Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, still the magazine's publisher, the music critic Ralph J. Gleason, it was first known for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content. Rolling Stone Press is the magazine's associated book publishing imprint. Straight Arrow Press was the magazine's associated book publishing imprint, Straight Arrow Publishing Co. Inc. was the publishing company that published Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Ralph Gleason. To get it off the ground, Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his own family and from the parents of his soon-to-be wife, Jane Schindelheim; the first issue carried a cover date of November 9, 1967, was in newspaper format with a lead article on the Monterey Pop Festival.
The cover price was 25¢. In the first issue, Wenner explained that the title of the magazine referred to the 1950 blues song "Rollin' Stone", recorded by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan's hit single "Like a Rolling Stone": You're wondering what we're trying to do. It's hard to say: sort of a sort of a newspaper; the name of it is Rolling Stone which comes from an old saying, "A rolling stone gathers no moss." Muddy Waters used the name for a song. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy's song. "Like a Rolling Stone" was the title of Bob Dylan's first rock and roll record. We have begun a new publication reflecting what we see are the changes in rock and roll and the changes related to rock and roll."—Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone, November 9, 1967, p. 2 Some authors have attributed the name to Dylan's hit single: "At Gleason's suggestion, Wenner named his magazine after a Bob Dylan song." Rolling Stone identified with and reported the hippie counterculture of the era. However, it distanced itself from the underground newspapers of the time, such as Berkeley Barb, embracing more traditional journalistic standards and avoiding the radical politics of the underground press.
In the first edition, Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces". In the 1970s, Rolling Stone began to make a mark with its political coverage, with the likes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing for the magazine's political section. Thompson first published his most famous work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas within the pages of Rolling Stone, where he remained a contributing editor until his death in 2005. In the 1970s, the magazine helped launch the careers of many prominent authors, including Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, Joe Klein, Joe Eszterhas, Ben Fong-Torres, Patti Smith and P. J. O'Rourke, it was at this point that the magazine ran some of its most famous stories, including that of the Patty Hearst abduction odyssey. One interviewer, speaking for a large number of his peers, said that he bought his first copy of the magazine upon initial arrival on his college campus, describing it as a "rite of passage".
In 1977, the magazine moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York City. Editor Jann Wenner said San Francisco had become "a cultural backwater". During the 1980s, the magazine began to shift towards being a general "entertainment" magazine. Music was still a dominant topic, but there was increasing coverage of celebrities in television and the pop culture of the day; the magazine initiated its annual "Hot Issue" during this time. Rolling Stone was known for its musical coverage and for Thompson's political reporting. In the 1990s, the magazine changed its format to appeal to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors and popular music; this led to criticism. In recent years, the magazine has resumed its traditional mix of content, including in-depth political stories, it has expanded content to include coverage of financial and banking issues. As a result, the magazine has seen its circulation increase and its reporters invited as experts to network television programs of note.
The printed format has gone through several changes. The first publications, in 1967–72, were in folded tabloid newspaper format, with no staples, black ink text, a single color highlight that changed each edition. From 1973 onwards, editions were produced on a four-color press with a different newsprint paper size. In 1979, the bar code appeared. In 1980, it became a large format magazine; as of edition of October 30, 2008, Rolling Stone has had a smaller, standard-format magazine size. After years of declining readership, the magazine experienced a major resurgence of interest and relevance with the work of two young journalists in the late 2000s, Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi. In 2005, Dana Leslie Fields, former publisher of Rolling Stone, who had worked at the magazine for 17 years, was an inaugural inductee into the Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2009, Taibbi unleashed an acclaimed series of scathing reports on the financial meltdown of the time, he famously described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid".
Bigger headlines came at the end of June 2010. Rolling Stone caused a controversy in the White House by publishing in the July issue an article by journalist Michael Hastings entitled, "The Runaway General", quoting criticism by General Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U. S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, about Vice President Joe Biden and oth
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California. For the 2018–19 academic year, there were 20,000 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC has 27,500 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, engineering, social work, occupational therapy and medicine, it is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles, generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California. USC is the birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, antivirus software. USC's alumni include a total of 11 Rhodes Scholars and 12 Marshall Scholars; as of October 2018, nine Nobel laureates, six MacArthur Fellows, one Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the university. USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of the Pac-12 Conference.
Members of USC's sports teams, the Trojans, have won 104 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the United States, 399 NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the United States. Trojan athletes have won 288 medals at the Olympic Games, more than any other university in the United States. In 1969, it joined the Association of American Universities. USC has had a total of 521 football players drafted to the National Football League, the second-highest number of drafted players in the country; the University of Southern California was founded following the efforts of Judge Robert M. Widney, who helped secure donations from several key figures in early Los Angeles history: a Protestant nurseryman, Ozro Childs, an Irish Catholic former-Governor, John Gately Downey, a German Jewish banker, Isaias W. Hellman; the three donated 308 lots of land to establish the campus and provided the necessary seed money for the construction of the first buildings. Operated in affiliation with the Methodist Church, the school mandated from the start that "no student would be denied admission because of race."
The university is no longer affiliated with any church, having severed formal ties in 1952. When USC opened in 1880, tuition was $15.00 per term and students were not allowed to leave town without the knowledge and consent of the university president. The school had an enrollment of 53 students and a faculty of 10; the city lacked paved streets, electric lights, a reliable fire alarm system. Its first graduating class in 1884 was a class of three—two males and female valedictorian Minnie C. Miltimore; the colors of USC are cardinal and gold, which were approved by USC's third president, the Reverend George W. White, in 1896. In 1958, the shade of gold, more of an orange color, was changed to a more yellow shade; the letterman's awards were the first to make the change. USC students and athletes are known as Trojans, epitomized by the Trojan Shrine, nicknamed "Tommy Trojan", near the center of campus; until 1912, USC students were known as Fighting Methodists or Wesleyans, though neither name was approved by the university.
During a fateful track and field meet with Stanford University, the USC team was beaten early and conclusively. After only the first few events, it seemed implausible USC would win. After this contest, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Owen Bird reported the USC athletes "fought on like the Trojans of antiquity", the president of the university at the time, George F. Bovard, approved the name officially. During World War II, USC was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission. USC is responsible for $8 billion in economic output in Los Angeles County. On May 1, 2014, USC was named as one of many higher education institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for potential Title IX violations by Barack Obama's White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. USC is under a concurrent Title IX investigation for potential anti-male bias in disciplinary proceedings, as well as denial of counseling resources to male students, as of 8 March 2016.
In 2017, the university came into the national spotlight when the Los Angeles Times published information about Carmen A. Puliafito, the dean of USC's medical school. After accusations of drug use, he resigned from his position as dean in 2016 and was fired from the school the following year after the news stories were published, his medical license was subsequently suspended pending a decision. The following year, the Los Angeles Times broke another story about USC focusing on George Tyndall, a gynecologist accused of abusing 52 patients at USC; the reports span from 1990 to 2016 and include using racist and sexual language, conducting exams without gloves and taking pictures of his patients' genitals. Inside Higher Ed noted that there have been "other incidents in which the university is perceived to have failed to act on misconduct by powerful officials" when it reported that the university's president, C. L. Max Nikias, is resigning. Tyndall was fired in 2017 after reaching a settlement with the university.
The school did not report him to state medical authorities or law enforcement at the time, though the LAPD is now investigatin